This, Too, Shall Pass

This, Too, Shall Pass

Most people have heard the saying “This, Too, Shall Pass” and often remember it when they are struggling with something or going through a very hard time. I looked up the quote to see which Bible verse it came from because I thought it was a Bible verse. It sounded really good to me as a Bible verse. It’s kind of like God reminding me (and everyone else that reads The Bible) that better days will come. Everything has its time and season. However, after searching for over ten minutes, I realized that’s a common misconception. There are no verses in the Bible that state “this, too, shall pass”. I even looked up different translations and verses. Some people have credited the quote to a fable written by Persian Sufi poets and even to Jewish folklore saying King Solomon said that. However, there aren’t any Biblical verses backing up that King Solomon said it.

However, it could be a paraphrase of different verses including:

“And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:21

“And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.” Joel 2:32

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away” Matthew 24:35

“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord.” Isaiah 2:2-3a


With those verses in mind, the saying “this, too, shall pass” can be something used to cheer you up when you’re going through a rough period or it can remind you that the day of The Lord is coming. All your sufferings, tears, and hardships will be gone as you reunite with The Lord. Thinking about eternity with The Lord helps make things more bearable now. It creates perspective. So instead of thinking “this, too, shall pass” and thinking about a few days, weeks, or months from now, think about Jesus coming back to rescue us. If you’ve read the book of Acts recently, you’ll see that Paul faced many hardships. Never in that time do we see The Lord tell Paul it’ll all be over in this life here on Earth. Eusebius of Caesarea in his Church History wrote that Paul was decapitated. His “sufferings” did not end while he still lived on Earth. There’s not a promise from God about that. The only thing we know for sure, that’s been promised and prophesied, is that Jesus will come back and take us to Heaven.


9 thoughts on “This, Too, Shall Pass”

  • Wow, great info. I love all of the verses that you mentioned. This saying can be very powerful for people. I like what you did looking into the background of it. I’m going to start doing that with some of my favourite sayings as well.

  • I love the thought you put into this. I never knew that there wasn’t a directly quote for it. I’m glad you added where it could have been paraphrased from. Thank you for sharing!

  • I love this post and I had no idea it wasn’t biblical! Great references here! Thank you for posting 4 fabulous Bible verses! Love your blog! God Bless!

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